Photo, Print, Drawing [Britannia toe] Amer[eye]ca

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Title
[Britannia toe] Amer[eye]ca
Summary
Print shows a letter in the form of a rebus portraying Britannia as a mother urging her daughter America to jilt the Frenchman she is planning to marry and stop rebelling. This political satire refers to the American alliance with France and concerns Great Britain's last attempt to end the American Revolution through diplomatic means by sending a delegation known as the Carlisle Peace Commissioners to Philadelphia.
Contributor Names
Darly, M. (Mary), publisher
Created / Published
[London : Pubd. by M. Darly, Strand, 1778 May 6]
Subject Headings
-  Britannia (Symbolic character)--1770-1780
-  Correspondence--1770-1780
-  Peace negotiations--1770-1780
-  United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783
Format Headings
Etchings--British--1770-1780.
Rebuses--British--1770-1780.
Notes
-  Title from item.
-  The accepted translation is as follows: Britannia to America. My dear daughter, I cannot behold without great pain your headstrong backwardness to return to your duty in not opposing all the good I long intended for your sole happiness, and being told that you have given your hand to a base and two-faced Frenchman, I have sent you over five wise men, the greatest of all my children, to put you to rights and hope you will listen to them and mind what they say to you. They have instructions to give you those things you formerly required. So be a good girl, discharge your soldiers and ships of war, and do not rebel against your mother. Rely upon me and do not trust to what that French rascal shall tell you. I see he wants to bring on an enmity to all unity between you and I, but listen not to him. All the world takes notice of his two faces. I'll send him such messages from my great cannons as shall make his heart repent and know that one good or ill turn merits another. N.B. Let not hate take too much hold of your heart. I am your friend & mother.
-  Trimmed within plate lower margin.
-  Print cropped through imprint statement.
-  Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 5, p. 288
-  Forms part of: British Cartoon Prints Collection (Library of Congress).
-  Published in: The American Revolution in drawings and prints; a checklist of 1765-1790 graphics in the Library of Congress / Compiled by Donald H. Cresswell, with a foreword by Sinclair H. Hitchings. Washington : [For sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. Govt. Print. Off.], 1975, no. 730.
-  Exhibited in: "Creating the U.S." Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., 2008.
Medium
1 print : etching ; 37.1 x 27.3 cm. (sheet)
Call Number/Physical Location
PC 1 - 5474A (A size) [P&P]
Repository
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
Digital Id
ppmsca 17533 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ppmsca.17533
cph 3a45608 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3a45608
Library of Congress Control Number
2004673350
Reproduction Number
LC-DIG-ppmsca-17533 (digital file from original print) LC-USZ62-45411 (b&w film copy neg.)
Rights Advisory
No known restrictions on publication.
Language
English
Online Format
image
Description
1 print : etching ; 37.1 x 27.3 cm. (sheet) | Print shows a letter in the form of a rebus portraying Britannia as a mother urging her daughter America to jilt the Frenchman she is planning to marry and stop rebelling. This political satire refers to the American alliance with France and concerns Great Britain's last attempt to end the American Revolution through diplomatic means by sending a delegation known as the Carlisle Peace Commissioners to Philadelphia.
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https://lccn.loc.gov/2004673350
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Darly, M. , Publisher. Britannia toe Amereyeca. United States, 1778. [London: Pubd. by M. Darly, Strand, May 6] Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/2004673350/.

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Darly, M. (1778) Britannia toe Amereyeca. United States, 1778. [London: Pubd. by M. Darly, Strand, May 6] [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2004673350/.

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Darly, M. , Publisher. Britannia toe Amereyeca. [London: Pubd. by M. Darly, Strand, May 6] Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2004673350/>.